Posted: 5/4/16 at 8:50am.
Henrico, Va. – May 5, 2016 – The Virginia Baptist Mission Council gathered together last Friday at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center for its annual meeting. Chair Nancy Stanton McDaniel called the meeting to order, walking council members through their duties and purpose as prescribed by the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) Constitution/Bylaws. “Your role is valuable in Virginia Baptist life,” she told them.
Treasurer David Washburn gave the financial report, focusing on the 2015 results and the early results so far in 2016. “Thank you for your generosity and for being advocates in BGAV life,” Washburn said. Throughout his report he ensured council members that BGAV staff was spending their contributions well and as they are directed.
Executive Director John Upton shared with council members that “God has something special He wants us to do.”
He went on to tell the BGAV story through numbers, saying “let these numbers tell us not just what we’re doing but they show us the future of which we’re moving into… we’re being propelled into a new place – a bigger place than I dreamed of 10 years ago. I don’t know what that place will look like but it will be huge.”
One example that resonated among council members was the number of church planters present at the first-ever Praxis conference last year. “Out of 298 potential church planters, we only had enough funding to help 65. We could have had another 150 churches planted,” he said.
For lunch, Mission Council members sat with Virginia Baptist Executive Board members, dialoguing over six predetermined questions designed to prompt constructive conversation.
Mission Council members gathered back together to discuss the dialogues. Afterwards, council members met with staff members, learning more about the missions and ministries of the BGAV.
Mission Council members also nominated a slate of 15 people from which the Executive Board must pick to serve in vacant positions. Four current Executive Board members who are eligible and willing to serve additional terms were included in the 15 names.
The meeting ended with closing worship and communion. “We are blessed to serve together,” McDaniel said, “Go now in peace.”
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.